Aging Gracefully

Blog 2592 – 12.03.2022

Aging Gracefully

Wisdom is I believe the realization that the answers lay within us all along and that all of our experiences are only lessons to remind us of Who and Whose we truly are, have always been, and will forever be. Ours is a culture that places too much emphasis on youth and physical attractiveness. Both are so fleeting and trying to hold on to them is like trying to hold water in your fingers.

This is not our first rodeo, as the cowboys say, and it is unlikely to be our last. One thing I have found that makes aging a little more fun and a lot less stressful is the practice of taking stock, pausing after a particularly stimulating episode to evaluate life’s trajectory and considers lessons learned.

As good as it is to have goals or a plan, life has a way of altering them for us. Some of the best experiences of my life have happened on those detours. I sincerely believe, “Everything that I could ever want or need is already mine and coming to me at just the right time and in just the right way from my loving and infinite source.” And so I can still be glad and grateful when it does not seem so for a moment, for looks are often deceiving. When my lovely and loving wife Linda and I married thirty-three years ago she loved the little poem “Come grow old with me, the best is yet to be.” I honestly did not care for it that much. The idea like life has grown on me.

The woman who birthed me and raised me, feared and loathed the idea of growing old so much that she took her own life before her sixty-ninety birthday. I recall as a boy that my beloved mama’s thirtieth birthday was a terrible time for her. From the perspective of seventy-two, thirty seems so young, but she felt so old.

I grant you aging gracefully has it’s challenges too, but does not anything worth doing? Those of us in it for the long haul don’t want to miss a thing. So my wife has made a believer of me in the benefits of hanging around. Whose to say if the best is not as the poem says, “Yet to be.”

Your friend and fellow traveler,

David White

Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me

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